How to take care of your outdoor furniture

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The Lowcountry salt air and high humidity can damage your outdoor furniture.

Here are some maintenance tips from eHow.com:

  • Brush away dirt particles, including leaves, flowers, branches and dried bird droppings. Use a nylon-bristled brush or broom.
  • Hose away stuck-on dust and dirt. Use the www.ehow.com garden hose to quickly wash away all the grime, animal-related droppings and residue, as well as plant-related sap and stains.
  • Scrub off stubborn grunge. Use soapy water (warm water with dishwashing detergent) and a nylon-bristled brush or old toothbrush to scrub off any filth or stain that didn't come off with the hosing down. Rinse with clean water.
  • Clean, polish and protect aluminum furniture with a soft cloth dipped in water-and-vinegar solution. Avoid abrasive materials that can scratch the aluminum.
  • Polish and protect metal and plastic furniture with a couple of thin coats of car wax on all the exposed areas.
  • Protect wood furniture by repainting as necessary. Consider sealant treatments used to waterproof wood decks and patios.
  • Check the integrity of painted metal furniture. When rust develops or when bubbles and irregularities appear on the painted surface (indication that rust is developing underneath the paint), consider restoration before the situation worsens.